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RV Daily Tips. Friday, June 9, 2023

Issue 2140
Welcome to RV Travel’s Daily Tips Newsletter, where you’ll find helpful RV-related tips from the pros, travel advice, RV videos, product reviews and more. Please tell your friends about us.

Today’s thought

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ―Will Rogers

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day.

On this day in history: 1928 – Charles Kingsford Smith completes the first trans-Pacific flight in a Fokker Trimotor monoplane, the Southern Cross.

Tip of the Day

Avoid falling so you can RV longer

By Gail Marsh
As I write this, a fellow RVer is on the way to the hospital. She fell. Not outside. Not on her RV exit steps. No, she was inside the RV at the time. Falls happen, especially as we age. There isn’t a way to turn back the clock. However, there are helpful tips to avoid falls and RV longer.

Age-related falls

As we age, our muscles can become weaker. Bones often become brittle. Add to that the fact that reaction time is often slower, and you have a perfect recipe for a broken hip! What’s more, a fall is often more deadly in an older person because it takes longer to recover.

Continue reading these important tips

Ask Dave

Dave Solberg is a leading expert in the RV industry and author of the “RV Handbook.” 

RV’s absorption refrigerator is not cooling. How about a residential fridge?

Dear Dave, 
My freezer freezes pretty well all year long. However, my absorption refrigerator has trouble staying below 38 degrees in the hot summer in Arizona. I have installed a computer fan in the outside access, forcing the air upward. Also, I raised the vent cover about 3/4 inch to allow the air to escape better. I have started to investigate putting in an additional domestic refrigerator but have been told that it will not operate very well running through the inverter system in an RV. Dave, any help or advice that you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you. —Gary, 1998 Fleetwood American Dream

Read Dave’s answer

In the RV shop with Dustin

RV front cap and insert molding inspection

In this video, we’ll be doing a front cap and insert molding inspection on a 2019 Grand Design Momentum RV. This inspection will help you no matter what manufacturer, brand, model, year or type of RV you own.

We’ll be looking for any signs of water damage, leaks, or other issues with the exterior of the RV. This inspection will help us identify what needs to be tightened up, resealed or even replaced to ensure the RV is watertight.

Click here

Video of the day

Mountain lion safety tips: How to handle a mountain lion encounter

By Cheri Sicard
As more and more civilization encroaches on wilderness, wildlife encounters are becoming more frequent. In the video below, Dixie from Homemade Wanderlust, a YouTube channel specializing in hiking and backpacking, is here to share her best mountain lion safety tips.

Dixie says that people talk a lot about bear safety, but not so much about mountain lions. She suddenly realized this when she found herself face-to-face with a mountain lion on one of her hikes.

Click here to watch

Does Camping World refuse to repair older RVs?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
You’ve heard of RV age discrimination before. There are some RV parks that simply won’t allow a rig on the property if it’s older than 10 years. But here’s a twist: How about a Camping World that would refuse to repair a motorhome on the same basis? … You need to read this account of one of our readers’ exasperating experiences attempting to get service from Camping World. Our hard-working consumer advocates get to the bottom of it.

Did you know we brought back our Great RV Accessories Newsletter? It’s true! Read yesterday’s brand-new issue here.

You may have missed these recent popular stories…

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Get a whole new set of tires AND a cup of coffee for about $25! Hey, would we lie?

Quick Tip

Easy and fun window coverings for privacy

Hate the curtains on some of your windows—like the one in the bathroom or the “relite” in the entry door? Ditch the curtains and simply pick up a chunk of privacy screen contact paper window film. Cut the stuff to size, pull off the backing sheet, and carefully apply to a clean window. Or go wild and try the “stained glass” versions. Many internet sites carry the stuff, and there are hundreds to choose from on Amazon.

On this day last year…

Website of the day

Unusual RVs: Pinterest
You’ll love this! This Pinterest page features hundreds of unusual RVs. Just scroll through and look at some of these—Wow!

Clubs and useful organizations
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RV LIFE Trip Wizard: Make your RV road trip planning easier than ever.

Recipe of the Day

Kahlua Mocha Frappe

by Mary Lee from N/W, IN

This mocha frappe would be a great cool-down drink on a hot summer evening. It’s a fantastic adult version of a frappe with classic coffee and chocolate flavors. Thick and creamy, it goes down very easily.

Click here for the recipe


America made it to the moon before they had suitcases with wheels, which were not patented here until 1972.

*Which country has the most vending machines per capita? Find the answer in yesterday’s trivia

Readers’ Pet of the Day

“Fluffy is a rescue from nature. She showed up one day and never left. I would be sitting on the porch and she would come up and jump on my lap. Nobody claimed her, so she’s now part of the family. She’ll be 4 years old in July, according to the vet.” —Timothy Stitzel

Send us a photo of your pet with a short description. We publish one each weekday in RV Daily Tips and in our Sunday RV Travel newsletter. No blurry photos, please! Please do not submit your photo more than once. Thanks!

RVing with Dogs group on Facebook. You’ll love it.

9-in-1 camping cutting board makes cooking easy
For RVing cooks, this 9-in-1 camping gadget makes prep and clean-up work much easier! This collapsible, lightweight gadget is a cutting board, colander, and wash basket. It also comes with two knives and several slicing, mashing and grating pieces. Think of all the drawer and cabinet space you’ll save with this! And for a great price, trust us, it’s worth it. Learn more or order.

Leave here with a laugh

“Honey, the toilet is smoking!”

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3 months ago

Leave here with a laugh: I wonder what Freud would have to say about RVers? We talk about all the different toilets and waste systems, different toilet paper, dumping black tanks, etc. And now we dress one up to make us laugh. Hmmm….?

3 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

Hmmmmm, much to ponder: the cigar placement in the funny photo is similarly situated to the cigar often seen in Frued’s mouth, who also had mouth cancer and once wet his pants during a lecture (incontinence) at I believe Columbia University …. way to much for my brain. Hmmmm…. Freud would definitely have something to say on that toilet photo Kelly, you’ve got that right.

3 months ago
Reply to  Cancelproof

You appear to have known him better than I. I had only met him once.

Gena and Bob
3 months ago

We just “found” our new kitty, brown tabby Millie. Friend had been letting her live in her back yard for 7 years (vetted, good food & loved). We talked about her all the time for 7 years. Then the neighborhood changed & people did not like outdoor cats around. We went to visit, picked her up, she melted into my arms & went home with us. Our friend is delighted she is now being spoiled indoors & has visiting rights. We are over the moon with a loving, lap napping, purring girl. Funny how life works.

Elaine B
3 months ago

We have found that the best cats are the ones that “pick” you!

3 months ago

Like Fluffy we also adopted Holly our kitty who look’s just like Fluffy. She loves to travel with us in our motorhome.
Funny how one can become so attached to a pet.

3 months ago

Fluffy found her perfect home! She’s such a pretty floof!

3 months ago

Smart kitty. Found a forever home. We have 2 with very similar “found us” stories.

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